Nov 23, 2014

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Motion

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life". 
~ William Harrison Faulkner

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Motion Challenge on Instagram. Please take a moment to view all of the entires #aom_motion hashtag. 


@_lunasognante_
@_lunasognante_
@yeoldehouse
@yeoldehouse
@just_dragonfly
@just_dragonfly
@manfrommarzipan
@manfrommarzipan
@nicobrons
@nicobrons
@blurrybirdy
@blurrybirdy
@pamelasweda
@pamelasweda
@congarose
@congarose 
@salopalo
@salopalo
@contrerasclaudia69
@contrerasclaudia69
@dominiquetorrent
@dominiquetorrent
@cyner_g
@cyner_g
@patchouli3
@patchouli3
@ma_safary
@ma_safary
@miltonmontenegro
@miltonmontenegro
@goh_amku
@goh_amku
@kaleidoscope14
@kaleidoscope14
@beezzz_
@beezzz_
@nmbo1973
@nmbo1973
@richardpilon
@richardpilon
@sm2azimi
@sm2azimi

Nov 21, 2014

December 1 Deadline for 4th Annual Mobile Photography Awards is Near!


The 4th Annual Mobile Photography Awards, founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile phone photography & art communities, is fast approaching its 2014 submission deadline of December 1st.

The Mobile Photography Awards is the world’s longest running annual event & international competition promoting mobile phone art and photography. Alongside the annual competition (October-December), the MPA produces themed gallery exhibits with international open calls throughout the year. The MPA Grand Prize winner is awarded $3000 and the winner of the MPA Photo Essay is awarded $500.
Open to all mobile phones and tablets, the MPA has seen a steady increase of Android entries since 2011, when 96% of images submitted were from iPhones.  In 2013, the MPA received over 7,000 entries from more than 1,200 photographers from nearly 75 countries.
The MPA offers photographers and artists opportunities for exhibits, open gallery calls, fine art sales, and annual cash prizes.  As an organization, They have distributed nearly $50,000 directly to artists and photographers through cash prizes and fine-art sales since 2012.
“At heart, The MPA is an opportunity for people to bring attention to their work at the same time as we bring attention to the work of the community as a whole.” – MPA Founder Daniel Berman
The Mobile Photography Awards has produced more than a dozen gallery exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Melbourne, San Jose, and more.
The Mobile Photography Awards has 20 photo categories. Every image entered may be placed in up to two (2) categories. All category winners receive MPA prize packs and are included on the exclusive MPA Exhibit Tour, with further opportunities for fine art sales. Grand Prize winners receive $3000 and the winner of the MPA Photo Essay is awarded $500.
Registration and uploading may be done from any device or desktop computer at www.mobilephotoawards.com/enter 
Entry fees have remained unchanged since 2011.

Nov 20, 2014

Anatomy of an Edit No. 5

Another quick tutorial showing my workflow for a painterly edit.

Apps used in this tutorial:
Paper Artist
Sketch Club
Stackables
Snapseed
Photo fx Ultra


Shoot Image - iPhone 6 native camera used


Using Paper Artist I selected the Oils Clean Preset and painted over the image (you can find this preset under the tab showing a bird)

Nov 19, 2014

Julie Hollow - Scenes from Down Under

Reflection in a shop window © Julie Hollow
What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Julie Hollow and I live near the small township of Bright in rural Victoria, Australia. I grew up in Melbourne and always enjoy city trips as a contrast to my country lifestyle here. I work full-time as a primary school teacher.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?
I was totally entranced the first time I was shown the Hipstamatic app, and I knew that I just had to get an iPhone for myself. My first phone was the 3G and I loved it. The fact that it was always with me meant that I started taking photos whenever I saw something that caught my eye. I tended to just use the Hipstamatic camera and didn’t really do any editing, as I was happy with what it could do and did not really know any other apps. Then I was shown Snapseed and that really got me hooked on editing as a creative process. It remains one of my favourite apps, and the one I go to first up every time. In June 2012 my sister suggested Instagram (I had never even heard of it!) as a way of sharing my photos and that was the beginning of my obsession with iPhoneography! I currently use an iPhone 4s and do all my editing on my iPad. I love the feeling that I am painting with my fingertips. I am sad to admit that my less than 12-month old Canon 6D has not left its bag for quite a while now!!!

The Green Door © Julie Hollow
The Green Door 

Nov 18, 2014

Mob Street No. 9

"The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo." ~ Desmond Morris

When I was a child before the days of the TSA and metal detectors, our family used to drive to the Los Angeles airport, head to the departure area and watch people come and go. We enjoyed the joy-filled reunions and even the tearful goodbyes. Maybe that's when my love of people watching was born. Mob Street gives me the opportunity to watch people from all over the world through the smartphone lenses of so many talented people! Thank you all for continuing to contribute to the Mob Street Flickr Group.

Please join us on Flickr if you're a smartphone photographer and enjoy street photography.

© Richard Pilon
© Richard Pilon

Nov 16, 2014

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Shadows

Thanks to all who participated in the Shadows Instagram Challenge. If you have any suggestions for future challenge themes, please let me know in the comments. Also, spread the word about the challenges by tagging your friends so that we can have more participation from the Instagram community!

To view more images from the challenge visit the #aom_shadows hashtag. Instagram usernames are listed under each photo below.

@dezadie